Natural Resource Plan

Public Notice: TVA is updating its Natural Resource Plan

TVA is updating its Natural Resource Plan (NRP), which was completed in 2011 to guide TVA’s management of the public lands and waters within its power service area. A 30-day public comment period runs through August 20, 2018.

TVA remains committed to a balanced management approach but is considering changes to the NRP so that it more clearly addresses all of the ongoing efforts of the Natural Resources program. In the updated NRP, TVA proposes 10 focus areas that provide a direct line of site to all Natural Resources functions (click on each for more information):

The proposed NRP update would include more clearly defined strategies including objectives and programs for each focus area and a flexible approach for long-term planning, which would help TVA prioritize funding and support its mission.

During this process, TVA will refresh the 2011 NRP environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the potential effects of proposed changes. To guide the development of the updated NRP, TVA will host four public open houses and a webinar to obtain public input on the scope of the project, answer questions and receive comments at the following locations (all times local):

  • July 25, 2018 - Pellissippi State Community College, College Center Room, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, Tenn. (5:00 to 7:30 pm)
  • July 26, 2018 - Chattanooga State Community College in the Omni Building, Rooms 124-126, 4501 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, Tenn. (5:00 to 7:30 pm)
  • August 1, 2018 - TVA Multi-Purpose Building, Room MPB 01202, 1010 Reservation Road, Muscle Shoals, Ala. (5:00 to 7:30 pm)
  • August 2, 2018 - Paris Landing State Park, Conference Room A, 400 Lodge Road, Buchanan, Tenn.  (5:00 to 7:30 pm)
  • August 6, 2018, 1 pm eastern time - Webinar - email to register

Submitting Comments

TVA is seeking public input to identify issues and concerns that should be analyzed during the environmental review. Comments may be at the public meetings, by mail or email to the addresses below. Any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record, and will be available for public inspection. Please submit comments by August 20, 2018.


TVA is unique among power generators in that it was created to not only empower the economic aspects of Southeast society but also to protect and improve the natural resources of the Tennessee Valley region. Today the results of TVA’s efforts are apparent in the abundant natural resources in the region and the opportunities they afford.

TVA completed its 2011 Natural Resource Plan to guide its natural resource stewardship efforts over the following twenty years, and would be reviewed and updated as needed. The 2011 NRP addresses TVA’s management of biological, cultural, and water resources; recreation; reservoir lands planning; and public engagement. The purpose of the plan is to integrate the goals of these resource areas, provide for the optimum public benefit, and balance sometimes conflicting resource uses. The 2011 NRP also guides TVA in achieving the objectives of its Environmental Policy for a more systematic and integrated approach to natural resource stewardship.

As part of the process of developing the 2011 NRP, TVA developed an associated EIS, which describes the potential resource management programs and activities, alternative approaches to TVA’s resource management efforts, and the environmental impacts of the alternatives, including the alternative comprising the 2011 NRP.


For more information about the environmental review contact:
Matthew Higdon
NEPA Compliance
(865) 632-8501
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902

For more information about the Natural Resource Plan, contact:
Anthony Summit
NRP Project Manager
(423) 467-3801
106 Tri-Cities Business Park Drive
Gray, TN 37615

Related Documents

TVA's Natural Resource Plan Update and EIS Public Scoping Webinar

Join us for a webinar on Aug 06, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT. You must pre-register here. You will receive a confirmation email with information on joining the meeting.